Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tilapia Tacos

Monday’s workout:  4 mile run, 20 minutes on the stair stepper, abs

The run yesterday was hard.  I have no idea what was different, but my legs did NOT want to be moving.  It was kind of miz.   Luckily, I got to watch the Today Show anchors power race in some sweet sweat suits, so that was motivation.   

today show race walk

I mean, the Olympics have something for everyone now.  Walkers, runners, synchronized everything… what isn’t an Olympic sport? 

When I left the gym, this was waiting for me by my car door.

gym glove

A dirty, used latex glove…in the shape of the shocker.    I don’t know if I should be scared or disturbed, because it definitely wasn’t there when I parked my car.

After my forced workout, I headed over to get an alignment done on my car.   I hate waiting at the car place for hours upon end, so I rewarded myself for doing something productive on a Monday by walking over to Panera for two of my favorite things:  iced coffee and breakfast sammy. 

panera iced coffee 2

panera power sammy That iced coffee is soooooooooooo good.  I seriously cannot get enough.


Last night for dinner, I thought I’d try something new.  I have all these recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest that I never remember or try…so I’ve decided I need to try a few out this week.   Last night was fish tacos (tilapia tacos sound so much fancier and way less gross in my immature mind). 

I’ve never made fish tacos before so this was a first (and, they’re gluten free!).

Grilled Fish Tacos  (from this website)

  • 4 white fish filets, skin removed (I used tilapia)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • corn tortillas (I used the uncooked kind and grilled them.)
  • 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

1.  Rub filets with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and cumin mixture.

2.  Heat grill to medium high heat and grill fish, flipping once, until cooked through (about 3-4 minutes per side, depending on how thick they are).  Flake fish into large pieces.

3.  Toast corn tortillas over grill or heat in oven. 

4.  Divide fish evenly among tortillas and top with cabbage, cilantro, radishes and scallions.  Serve with Greek yogurt and lime wedges. 

(I added salsa  and refried beans as well.)

Here they are before adding the (messy) Greek yogurt and cilantro. 

tilapia tacosI was really skeptical of the cabbage salad, but the crunch was perfect.  And I now have leftover cabbage for Ramen noodle salad… win-win. 


Have you ever made fish tacos? 

Ever tried race walking?


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Not Much to Tell

Friday’s workout:  Friday I woke up telling myself I was going to have an 8 mile run.  And then I laid in bed, drank a bunch of coffee and had breakfast…and all of the sudden it was 10am.  An outdoor run was out of the question (I believe it was already 90* outside), so I headed to the gym to try and pound out 8 miles on the treadmill.

I got ‘er done in about 70 minutes, ranging between 8:30-8:50 minute miles.  Other than a pee break halfway through (note to self:  no more coffee before morning runs), I felt great.  My lungs felt awesome and my legs kept up except for a few minor and random knee pains from stepping wrong.  I was glad to get that checked off the list.  I’m pretty sure the last time I ran 8 miles was in April.

Saturday’s workout:  Body pump!  Not my favorite instructor, but it got the job done.  Plus one mile on the treadmill to warm up.

Sunday’s workout:  6 mile run.  Stretching.  Lots of stretching.  I tried to make this a somewhat speedy run, ranging my miles between 7:15- 8:45.  I ended up finishing 6 in 48 minutes… and it was slightly tough because of all the squat jumps from Saturday’s pump class.


Other than my boring workouts, nothing exciting went on this weekend.  I ran some errands to start getting ready for the school year, went on a date with the fave to our favorite place, Bacchus, and had some pool time on Sunday.   My life is boring sometimes.

Buuuuut speaking of not boring, I have almost come to a big decision… I’m thinking about running the Outer Banks Marathon in November.

obx marathon 
Here are a few perks to running this marathon.

  • It’s 15 weeks away so I have plenty of time to train.
  • It’s theme is pirates.  My favorite.
  • I can drive there.
  • I can stay in my favorite OBX house. 
  • It’s on the beach.
  • There are SIX beer sponsors.  SIX.  Shock Top?  Yes, please.
  • Miles 14-22 are fast and flat.  That’s 8 miles in a row that are flat.

Cons to this marathon.

  • It’s the same weekend as Richmond Marathon.  Although after last year I don’t know if I’m ready to tackle that again.
  • None of my friends will be there cheering me on.  I think that might have saved me last year. 
  • Miles 10-12.5 are in a nature preserve.  You know what that means.  Trails.  Sticks.  Roots.  Leaves.  Things that can trip me.
  • Mile 23 is over a huge bridge that is a 4% grade… although if I’m feeling hot I can just jump off the bridge into the ocean, soooo perk?
  • I haven’t seen the finisher medal and I kind of only want it if there is a pirate on it.

Thoughts?  Has anyone run this before?  Vitaminbee are you running  this year?


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Three Things Thursday

Wednesday’s workout:  3 mile run, 30 minutes on the stupid elliptical, body pump class

Yesterday I woke up feeling great.  After a lazy morning watching the Today Show and drinking coffee, I headed to the gym to get sweaty and combat all the salty Mexican I had the day before.  My run was good, the elliptical was boring as usual, and body pump was…empty. 

The Gold’s near me started this new body pump called Body Pump AB2 (or something… I wasn’t really paying attention), so there were a few different moves and a lot of awkward pauses during sets.  I watched myself in the mirror the whole time and realized that even though I feel like I’m awesome, I actually look ridiculous.  We did a bunch of jump squats that I am sure will be killing my legs for the next two days…means I’m getting stronger, right?

Onto Three Things Thursday:

1.    Well Kristen Stewart just f-ed up the whole Brangelina thing they had going.   I can’t say I’m not surprised.  Not only does she not seem to be the non-crazy kind, but R-Pat’s deathly white vampire look does nothing for me either. 

At least she apologized to the public. 

“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.”


2.  The other day I was looking through the coupon section of crap that gets delivered in my mailbox.   I stumbled on this little gem. 

Um.  Do people still buy these?

creepy doll

This isn’t for the kids, mind you.

It’s marketed as “not a toy, but a fine collectable”.  It also is weighted like a real baby and it breathes and it has a heartbeat AND it comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Like, what do you do with this?  Carry it around and act like it’s a real baby?  I really don’t get it.  If you’re collecting it you’re not playing with it or anything, right?

On a different note, are these the same babies that Anne Geddes uses for her calendars?  So lifelike (or so the ad says)!


3. You’d think the security people at Britain’s Manchester Airport would have learned something from watching Home Alone.  

An 11 year old boy somehow snuck on a plane to Rome while he ‘mingled with another family’ in the airport. 

The flight attendants noticed halfway through the flight that he was alone… way to go.


Any interesting things going on with you this week?


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Tuesday’s workout:  5 mile run.   Nothing exciting about this run… 5 easy miles at an 8:40 pace.  My blister has run back into a dark hole because I had zero pain from skin breakage.  I’m hoping this means it’s never coming back, too.


1.  Yesterday was my last day of summer school, so to celebrate, my friend Kerry and I went to lunch at my favorite Mexican place.  Unlike all the good bloggers, I didn’t take any pictures.  However, it looked extremely similar to this.

And it was fantastic.  And I ate too many chips, per usual.  And when I left I could barely breathe I was so full… but that’s okay.  I only get to celebrate my last day of work twice a year, right?

2.  I continued my celebration (after a looooooooooooooong digestion period on the couch) with the fave, and had a couple of these


If you’ve never had Hardywood Singel I highly recommend it. 

3.  The most productive thing I did yesterday was join the online jewelry website Bauble Bar.  I’d seen something I wanted on the Today Show last week so I finally got around to online shopping. 

PERK- you sign up and they give you $10 off your first purchase (plus, everything is relatively inexpensive)

CON-  There are soooooooooooooooooo many necklaces/ bracelets/ everything I want.   This might be a bad idea if you’re trying to not spend money.


Too many choices for my skinny little wallet. Tooooooooo many!

Just another shopping website to infiltrate my email daily.  Way to go, Kathleen.


Today consists of a body pump (check it off the list!) class and some cardio to combat the mexican/beers from yesterday.  If all goes well, I might even tackle cleaning the bathroom.


Have you gotten anything off of Bauble Bar?  Any recommendations?

What’s your favorite meal at a Mexican restaurant?

Fajitas with beans and rice and guac and queso and tacos and salsa… I have too many favorites.


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Hello, Tuesday!

Monday’s workout: Terrible 5 mile run and possible blister in the making, 10 minute bike ride, abs

I don’t know if its my new shoes (which are the same brand and design I always get) or the way I put in my super cool orthies, but I’m starting to get a blister on my right foot arch.  I can feel it coming, and I tried to nip it in the bud by using Mole Skin, but it’s still there…growing, taunting, hurting. 

Needless to say, the 5 miles I ran Monday were not my best and were slightly painful.   I’m hoping I can get back on track and blister free soon.


It’s finally here…


Well…for me at least.  Those poor kids are suckers- they still have 2.5 weeks to go.  I really love this job-share thing.  Too bad I can’t do that all year.

So, now that I won’t be waking up to work every morning, I’ve decided I need some goals to keep me busy for the rest of the summer.

  • Get back into body pump.  The schedules didn’t work out for me during summer school, so I’m excited to get back to class and start to build a tiny bit of muscle.
  • Increase my mileage so my ‘long run’ each week is actually a long run.  I am no longer allowed to count my 7 miler a long run…especially if I want to run a half marathon in August.
  • Find some races to sign up for so your motivation doesn’t die like it did before (see above).
  • Clean the bathroom.  Not a workout goal but it needs to be done. 
  • Maybe add a cycle class back in the mix once a week.  I know Shari misses me and the PiC at those Wednesday night classes. 
  • Remember that I have a membership to a pool, which I have barely used this summer.  Pool + books= my happy place.

Gotta get started.  I have 5 weeks left to get it all done. 

I’ll leave you with this ultimate Frisbee video.  Check out my cousin Ben around the 1:00 mark making the game winning catch for Bluegrass Revolution to go the playoffs next weekend!


What are your goals for the next month?

Does anyone play ultimate frisbee?

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Quick Vacay in Cape Charles, Plus New Shoes!!!

Sunday’s workout:  7 mile run, 1 mile walk, 10 minutes bike, abs

It felt great to start the week with a 7 mile run that didn’t make me feel like dying.  The last couple of runs I’ve had really tried my confidence because they’ve been semi-terrible, but yesterday felt awesome.   I took Saturday off (the first real off-day in 2 weeks), and my legs (and knee, which has been bothering me lately) felt great the entire time. 

Maybe it was because I wore my new kicks.

gel kayano 18 kayano 18  purple shoes 2I ordered them on last week.  They retail for $140, but RW had them on sale for $112, PLUS I used the coupon code runblog10 and got an extra 10% off, for a total of around $100! 

I love when I feel like I’m winning. 

Also, I got these cute pair of Brooks Podium Split Shorts.

brooks shorts I reaaaaaaaally like them because they’re cut really high and they don’t squeeze my thighs… which is always way more comfortable. 

I love my new shoes, especially since I’ve had the exact same shoe for the last 5 pairs I ordered!


Now back to the fun, non running nerd part of my weekend!

I headed out on Friday (after a one million percent miserable barely 4 mile run in the morning) with my PiC to Cape Charles, VA, which is about 2.5 hours from Richmond.   We were headed to one of her friend’s vacation homes for beach, sun, and beers.

The house is beautiful (I want that porch soooooooo badly).


We spent the day at the beach in matching (almost) green bathing suits.



It was fantastic.  Beautiful, warm water, and no jellyfish to sting my feet. 

It was a fun but short trip, not without a little people watching of course.

golf cart

I wish you could see it a bit better, but it’s a hot pink golf cart… male passenger has 2.5 pound dog sitting in lap. 


Have you gotten any new shoes lately?

Anyone ever been to Cape Charles, VA?

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Three Things Thursday

Wednesday’s workout:  7 miles at an 8:40 pace.  The first six miles felt great, but the last mile made me want to die.  If I wasn’t anal about stopping right on the mile or half mile, I wouldn’t have finished.    Luckily, I’m a freak so I made it to 7.

I also realized that 7 miles is my longest run in a looooong time… so I think it’s time to step it up a bit. 


1.  I love sidewalk chalk as much as the next elementary teacher, but my skills are limited to hearts and butterflies, and if I’m feeling risky, names in cursive. 

I’m pretty sure the following are slightly better.

sidewalk art

sidewalk art 2Can you believe those are done with chalk?

My questions is…What do they do if it rains?  It just ruined like 3 weeks worth of work. 



2.  This is hilarious. 

Woman uses story of cheating ex-husband to sell house. (KPTV)

Some woman in Oregon is winning right now. 

She recently divorced her husband when she (obviously) found out he was cheating on her with a 22 year old.  Now, their house has to sell soon or else it will go into foreclosure.

Her strategy:  Throw her cheating, scumbag, idiot ex-husband under the bus. 

Although what would really make it amazing- put a picture of the cute new couple on the sign as well.

The blog is hilarious, too!


3.   Yesterday I saw this.

bandaid car

A band-aid on a car. 

People around here sure are weird.



What do you think of the scorned wife’s idea of how to sell their home?

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